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1. Parabola
2. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
3. Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue
4. Prince of Darkness
5. Blues in "C"/John's Memory/Cheryl/Bird Feathers/Relaxin' at Camarillo
6. Up from the Skies

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
some of Gil Evans' best 14 Jan. 2012
By Lance B. Sjogren - Published on
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This is mostly big band fusion although Voodoo Child is melodically pretty much straight rock.

I like the songs on this album a great deal. I think the long song "Blues in C" is the masterpiece here. It is based on a simple rock/fusion rhythm but there is incredible melodic complexity woven into the song, particularly a melody played by a chorus of brass instruments that recurs several times in the piece, in the latter couple cases in a somewhat different form from the first time, plus some fantastic instrumental solos on the trumpet, guitar, piano, etc.

It is appropriate that his band is referred to as an Orchestra since the orchestration here is on a comparable level to that you'll find in some of the best classical music.

I have something like 8 or so Gil Evans albums and I would have to rate this one among the top 2 or 3. Also with many jazz artists I tend to enjoy live albums more than studio albums and the fact that this album is live is an additional virtue as far as I am concerned.

If you like Gil Evans you are probably going to like this album. Although I wouldn't rate every single song 5 stars (not Voodoo Child for example) the best songs on the album are so good that there is no question in my mind this is a 5 star album.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic 1 Aug. 2005
By Lovblad - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This live album by Gil evans is incredible. The second one is very good also. I think i saw at the virgin megastore in Paris a japanese boxed set with 4 or 5 CD's that was a complete set of these concerts. Of course I stupidly did not buy it. However these two CD's are already enough. The playing is superb.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
well performed but dated 14 Sept. 2008
By Delite Rancher - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Thinking of Gil Evans, most listeners would have a hard time naming any projects outside of his late 1950s work with Miles Davis. Albums like "Sketches of Spain," "Quiet Nights" and "Birth of the Cool" immediately come to mind but not much else. So outside of working with Miles Davis, what has Gil Evans been up to? Evans did his own thing before and after Miles; as it turns out, the 1980s were an especially active period. Featuring one of the strangest album covers, "Live at Sweet Basil, Vol. 1" shows what his Monday Night Orchestra sounded like when on stage. The band sounds great and the improvisation is fantastic. While much of the material is straight jazz, there is an occasional hint of fusion and pop ingredients. A look at the setlist will immediately show two Jimi Hendrix tunes. 'Up From The Skies' is a highlight. The band pulls off a surprisingly effective straight jazz interpretation of the song's funky groove. 'Voodoo Chile' rocks out. Compared to groups like Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever, the song doesn't play fusion in the typical sense. Rather, this is straight jazz with Hendrix-esque guitar work. 'Blues in C' is a twenty-five minute medley that includes 'Relaxin' at Camarillo.' As a whole, "Live at Sweet Basil, Vol. 1" a good listen but it sounds dated. In particular, the keyboards trap this album in the 1980s. What I've come to appreciate about jazz in the 80s is that it is seldomly appreciated by those who did not come of age during that decade; thus that distinctive sound is only enjoyed when it takes the listener back to his youth. While this project is no exception, Gil Evans' selections, arrangements and improvisation still shines. If you enjoyed what Miles Davis ("Tutu") or John Scofield ("Loud Jazz") were doing in the 80s, you'll adore this Gil Evans album. For everybody else, "Live at Sweet Basil" has merits but is not essential.
1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Terrible 6 Jan. 2013
By nantahalaman - Published on
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Fingernails on a blackboard are more pleasing to the ear and more musical than the crap I found on this CD. I am deeply disappointed in Gil Evans. If this CD represents the direction his music is taking, then I am through with him.
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